Travel theme: New

There’s something quite wonderful about the start of a new year. Around the world customs have developed to drive away the bad spirits of the old year and make way for the good times up ahead. We call upon the purifying power of fire in the form of bonfires, blazing torches and fireworks – fireworks also make loud noises guaranteed to drive away evil spirits.

It is just a moment we humans have created to mark the passing of time; when the old year ends there isn’t even a momentary pause like there is between an exhale and an inhale. Time marches on the same way it does every other night. Nevertheless, that moment when the clock strikes twelve and the minute hand on a clock clicks forward a notch has always spoken to me of hope and possibility and beckoning opportunity.

As my thoughts are on the New Year up ahead and all the wonders it is sure to bring, I found some photographs that represent the idea of ‘new’ to me; a first spring burst of green, freshly fallen snow and a sweet gangly-legged black-tailed fawn who popped out to say hello to me while I was hiking recently.


central park snow new york winter manhattan

black tailed deer fawn winter olympic national park

What does ‘new’ mean to you? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: New
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. – T.S. Eliot

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.  It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. – G.K. Chesterton



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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165 Responses to Travel theme: New

  1. Happy New Year to all of you! Here’s my entry – maybe a bit strange, but it’s mine…

  2. Hi Ailsa,
    You take great shots. Thanks for stopping by my blog that’s not always about travel but tries to always be about expanding horizons.
    Johanna van Zanten

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Johanna, really enjoyed your post about Dia de la Virgin de la Guadalupe, maybe you’ll expand your horizons to join in one of the travel themes in the future! Happy New Year. xxx Ailsa

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  4. aj vosse says:

    Hi Ailsa,

    I’ll have something for you on NEW Year’s Day… seeing as you’re partly to blame for the inspiration… 😉

    Have a GREAT one! Whatever you may be up to… 😛

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    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, these photos almost glow, Vlad, I can feel the promise of something wonderful just around the corner. Happy New Year indeed. xxx

  7. petit4chocolatier says:

    I love your examples of new 🙂
    Happy New Year 2013!!

  8. Angelia Sims says:

    Such a sweet and new little deer. Love this theme. Happy New Year!

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  14. starryiskies says:

    Happy New Year! I always enjoy reading your blog and all the travels you go on – truly inspiring and also gives me a lot of travel ideas =) Wishing you happy travels in 2013 as well!

  15. Jamie Dedes says:

    A lovely way to end one year and start another … and a lovely blog. I’m here from Natalie Baltuck’s blog. Congrats’ on Blog of the Year 2012 award.

    Wishing you many blessing in 2013.


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  18. horimasa says:

    Happy new year to everyone.
    My ‘New’ post is about the new year from Japan.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, this brought back some wonderful memories, horimasa, I was lucky enough to spend a New Year’s in Japan one year, I absolutely loved it. Happy New Year to you! xxx

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  20. InaNutchell says:

    A new flower – every time a plant grows a bud!
    This was a lovely theme for the start of the New Year. Your photos are very appropriate.

  21. Jenn says:

    mine for this week … a two in one with another challenge themed similar 😛

  22. says:

    What a beautiful park!

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  24. Madoqua says:

    A beautiful new plant in my garden is the focus of my first post!
    Happy New Year!

  25. hi Ailsa, Happy New Year to you … love you prompt! here’s my entry:

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  28. I was waiting for this “new” photo to occur:
    Thanks for checking it out.

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  30. ideflex says:

    Great theme for the New Year, so I decided to put it into effect – please have a look at

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  34. riah_e says:

    Hi Ailsa! Hope i can still catch up for this week’s’s my entry

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  40. A little bit late for the New Year, but I completely forgot [with all that usually goes on!] about the weekly travel theme! Apologies! Hope this post brings out a smile on people’s faces… “NEW” UNDERWEAR, as a Bolivian tradition for the “NEW YEAR”… going for luck, wealth & love in 2013!
    Have all a great year! Greetings from La Paz!

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